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Crash location 34.123056°N, 84.848611°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Cartersville, GA
34.165097°N, 84.799938°W
4.0 miles away

Tail number N312RW
Accident date 19 Mar 2009
Aircraft type Wayne O Robinson S6S Rans
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On March 19, 2009, at 1145 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur built, Wayne O. Robinson S6S Rans, N312RW, received substantial damage when it collided with the ground following a loss of engine power after a takeoff from the Cartersville Airport (VPC), Cartersville, Georgia. The private pilot and passenger received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local pleasure flight. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the private pilot under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Witnesses stated that shortly after takeoff the engine lost power and the pilot attempted to return to the runway. While turning at a steep bank angle the airplane nosed down and collided with the ground. Witnesses called local authorities and proceeded to the accident site to lend assistance.

Examination of the airplane found that it had impacted the ground in about a 30-degree nose down attitude. The engine was displaced back into the firewall and the firewall was displaced into the cockpit. Both wings sustained leading edge impact damage, and both main landing gear were observed bowed outward. The cargo area, empennage, rudder, and horizontal stabilizers were undamaged. Flight control continuity was established throughout the airplane.

Examination of the left and right wing fuel tanks found that both contained about 4.5 gallons of fuel. The fuel selector was observed in the off position. Witnesses stated that a local mechanic/pilot had switched the fuel selector to the off position after the occupants were removed from the cockpit.

Examination of the Rotax 2-cycle, 2-cylinder, water cooled 80-horsepower engine found that both carburetors had separated from their engine mounts but remained intact. Both carburetors were disassembled and found to contain fuel in their carburetor bowls. A small amount of dirt was observed in the number one carburetor. Fuel was observed in all of the fuel lines and fuel filters. No contamination was observed.

Continuity to the accessory gears was observed and thumb compression was obtained on both cylinders when the engine was rotated by hand.

The wooden propeller blades separated at the propeller hub. Examination of the propeller blades found no leading edge gouging or surface rubs.

The engine was equipped with two coil packs, one for each cylinder. Both coil packs were removed and the wiring harness to the ignitions switch was also removed. Chafing was observed on 2 wires in the rear coil packs wiring. One wire, light brown in color, was connected to the coil pack and to a ground nut on the alternator. It was observed chafed near a plastic wire connector traversing along the rear of the engine. A second wire was observed chafed at the same location but was black and yellow in color and was connected at the ignition switch and the aft coil pack.

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